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Is the Canon EOS M1 the company’s upcoming full-frame mirrorless camera? [CW2]


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We were first to report Canon’s working on a full-frame mirrorless camera, and that early prototypes were undergoing first tests. Well, there are some news.

A new rumor suggests those prototypes have gone out of the labs and are no longer accessible only to Canon’s engineers. Though, so it is told, no prototype has been handled to trusted photographers so far. This camera is murmured to have the moniker EOS M1.

Apparently there will be a big marketing push when the EOS M1 will go to market. Which makes sense. If Canon is set to launch a prosumer mirrorless camera with a FF sensor and a serious set of features, then they will do it with much fanfare.

The rumor isn’t very clear if the EOS M1 will have an APS-C or a FF sensor. However, speculation points to a FF sensor, and to a seriously pro-oriented feature set. Let’s hope it is true.

We know Nikon is now seriously committed to mirrorless (s0 they say), it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Canon eventually does the same.

We still have only a few tidbits about Canon’s mirrorless camera, these:

  • Different sources and sites were reporting that early prototypes exist, at least to be tested inside Canon’s labs. This intel came in 2016 and early 2017.
  • Canon is possibly working on a full-frame mirrorless camera with EF mount. There have been rumors saying that Canon is delaying this camera because of issues in implementing the EF mount. There is a lot of talk about this. If Canon manages to engineer a full-frame mirrorless camera with EF mount, thus allowing us to use our beloved EF lenses on a smaller and hopefully performing body, it will be a winner. Imagine what you could do with a MILC that goes along with your EF lenses. There is serious a chance we may see this.
  • The latest bit of info I got suggests Canon will announce a full-frame mirrorless camera with a sensor having a resolution of 36-38MP.
  • A possible announcement date is around Photokina 2018, which happens in September.

A Canon FF mirrorless camera is coming. Stay tuned.


  • Jam005

    Hope that the touch screen is articulating, usb 3.0 port and dual CFAST.

  • renes

    Waiting to see Canon FF prosumer mierrorless but I do not have big hope it will be exciting camera based on what Canon showed us last years with dslr.

  • CW Steve

    A touchscreen it will have, I’m sure. The issue is more about lens ecosystem. The EOS M series is quite capable but missing exciting lenses. If they launch a FF MILC and still are not offering lenses then it will be a bummer. Some rumors suggest Canon will use their EF mount. That would be a killer. However, not sure if this is possible. it’s still a mistery to me why there aren’t serious native lenses for the M system.

    • Caerolle

      Because Canon does not see the M line as serious cameras. They make lenses that fit with their concept of this line as an IL PowerShot.

      • gf

        I agree with you that it looks like Canon is treating the M this way, but it could be that they think that the more serious users will adapt EF lenses.
        When they make the mirrorless FF camera with EF mount they basically make a DSLR without mirror, that has been tried before and failed before. The problem with that concept is that you can not make really small cameras as you need the thickness of the mount.
        So it would be best if the came with a new mount and include an adapter for the EF lenses. When it is possible it would be the best when they use the M-mount so the APS cameras can benefit from the lenses that come out for the FF mirrorless line, making the complete M-mount cameras more attractive…
        And hopefully Canon will make a real good FF mirrorless, not like the way the started the EOS-M series….

  • Doug Hoke

    I would guess that when Canon enters the FF mirrorless market it may be with a pro level not prosumer level camera. They can get to prosumer level with the M series.

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